As Wimbledon kicks off, tennis fanatics flock across the pond for two weeks of courtside entertainment. For the ultimate pro-experience, get ready to toast and follow this mini-guide to the prestigious tournament’s best food and drink.
Over 25,000 bottles of champagne are served over the two-week period, with Champagne Lanson as the official sponsor. Exclusive bottle designs and even custom Wimbledon champagne “shirts” are available online if you can’t make it to the grounds.
Pimm’s No. 1.
Much like the mint julep is to the Kentucky Derby, no Wimbledon match is complete without a jug of Pimms mixed with mint, strawberries, and a cucumber slice. When comparing the two drinks, Pimm’s ranks higher in consumption—at 200,000 plus glasses—with the first Pimm’s bar opening at Wimbledon in 1971. Try this traditional cocktail at home with a recipe from BBC’s GoodFood.
Enjoy this British tradition right on the Wimbledon grounds while still watching the action. The Wingfield Restaurant, Conservatory Kitchen, and Cafe Pergola all serve British classics: finger sandwiches, tea, and the Wimbledon staple—strawberries and cream. The strawberries are delivered daily at 5:30 a.m. to ensure freshness.
Dine Like a Pro
Join tennis elites at San Lorenzo Fuoriporta, a family owned Italian al fresco spot that has served the likes of Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, and Andy Roddick.
Ultimate Pub Experience
Run by Claude Bosi, a two Michelin star chef, and his brother, Cedric, The Fox and Grapes is the ultimate countryside pub found next to Wimbledon Commons. A must try? Steak, Guinness, and onion pie with a cold pint, while watching the final round.
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